Originally Posted by Rankiz
What is Cherry MX blue like in comparison to a rubberdome Saitek Eclipse II?
It's like the difference between a drummer drumming on a pillow with his drumsticks vs. drumming on a really high-end, perfectly-tuned snare drum.
It's literally the difference between being required to press a key all the way down in order to send the keystroke signal as opposed to only needing to press a key about halfway down.
Mechanical keyswitches use real springs inside while rubber domes try to mimic this feeling by using a big sheet of rubber with somewhat-springy rubber domes molded into the sheet for each key. Unfortunately, each little dome has to be pressed all the way down in order to make contact with the membrane underneath this sheet of rubber in order to complete the circuit thereby sending the signal to the computer.
Another way to describe it is that rubber domes work against you forcing you to do all of the work while most mechanical switches (especially the Cherry MX Blues and Browns) work with
you; it feels like the switch is doing half of the work. You push down, and about halfway through the keystroke it actuates. But at the same time, there's a real metal spring inside providing a pleasing amount of resistance which works with you, not against you.
It's like the difference between a gymnast performing their floor acrobatics on that special springy floor that they use as opposed to just using padded cement. You've seen what I'm talking about
: they do a short sprint from one corner to the other, and then perform a bunch of flips and stuff only to land by the opposite corner. That floor they use is springy and it feels awesome to run around on it.
The feeling is very different; typing on the Cherry MX Blues is dramatically easier than typing on rubber domes. It can actually be considered fun
. For me, it's like the difference between playing on one of those silly electronic drumsets (with the black rubber pads) as opposed to a real drumset - I hate playing on those electronic kits.